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    Exceptionally Rare Proof 1889 Liberty Half Eagle

    1889 $5 PR64 PCGS. Half Eagle production at the Philadelphia Mint fell to just 7,565 pieces in 1889, and neither the San Francisco nor Carson City Mints delivered any coins. Forty five of the coins produced were proofs, and survivors are rarer than most of the other proof Liberty Half Eagles from the 1880s, as well as all of those from the 1890s. Breen (1988) states that only 20 proofs of this date are extant, and they are identifiable by a low date that slants up slightly to the right. This is a lovely, yellow-gold example with deeply mirrored fields. The devices are not frosty enough to warrant a Cameo designation, but every feature is fully defined, and the eye appeal is nothing short of breathtaking. A faint distraction in the reverse field below the AMER in AMERICA is noted for pedigree purposes. We last offered a PR64 PCGS representative of this rare issue as lot 7666 in our October 2000 Long Beach Signature Sale. That coin realized $12,650. Neither NGC nor PCGS have certified a single example finer than PR64 (3/02).
    From the James Farrington Collection. (NGC ID# 28CT, PCGS# 8484)

    Weight: 8.36 grams

    Metal: 90% Gold, 10% Copper


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    July, 2002
    27th-30th Saturday-Tuesday
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